Health and Safety
...Health and Safety Many children in today’s society are considered overweight. The government and its citizens are concerned and are taking action to remedy this issue. What we do in our class rooms can promote healthy eating and prevent obesity. Some include proper portions, education of food products, and encouragement of play in centers involving food. Family style meals allow the children to serve themselves. With meals being served as family style, if not controlled, some children could eat heaping portions while others have only a bite or two. In our class, we offer the children measuring cups to collect the required portions of the meals and have them place them on their plates. Education of food products allow the children to know what they eat and why. As we educate the child, we also allow them taste test so they can make their own decisions of what healthy foods they like and what they don’t. Home center is one of the best places to teach the child about healthy eating. It allows them to experiment what they’d like to cook. It also allows us to ask questions as to why they wanted to cook it and is it healthy. Healthy eating promotions in classrooms are very important to helping a child make proper decisions of great eating habits. Portion control, food education, and practice through play are just some of our methods of guiding our children to help lessen the risk of unhealthy eating and obesity. We have to start with the children in front of us...
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...2011 Argumentative Essay Who said nutrition had anything to do with it? Nutrition education is a major environmental influence on the behaviors, physical and mental growth of in a child’s life. Before a child starts school, during the baby years, the food habits can have a major impact on choices that are made later on in life. For example, starting a baby on vegetables first rather then fruits, will lead the child to make a better nutritional choice when they approach the salad bar in first grade. “Studies support that good nutrition contributes to improving the wellbeing of children and their potential learning ability, thus contributing to better school performance.” (Rodrigo). Children are getting morbidly obese, and their behavior has changed for the worse. If the children are learning healthy eating habits with encouragement to make healthy eating choices, then obesity and chronic disease will decrease. These children can have the reduce impact of chronic diseases in adulthood. Eating healthy will help reduce stress and may even avoid smoking if they have encouragement on staying active. “Nutrition education is a key element to promoting lifelong healthy eating and exercise behaviors and should start from the early stages of life.” (Rodrigo). If health educators and teachers have a good sense of direction on teaching children about nutrition, then it is likely that these issues will improve. School should have a mandatory nutrition – based education in their......
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Nutrition and Health
...Nutrition and Health Worksheet Use Ch. 1 of Contemporary Nutrition, Ch. 2 of Visualizing Nutrition, supplemental course materials, the University Library, the Internet, or other resources to answer the following questions. Your response to each question should be 75 to 100 words. 1. What is nutrition? Why is nutrition essential to our daily lives? | “As molecular biology, biochemistry and genetics advance, nutrition has become more focused on the steps of biochemical sequences through which substances inside us and other living organisms are transformed from one form to another - metabolism and metabolic pathways” (Bellavia, 2013) The focus of Nutrition is on diseases, how to prevent or try to slow down conditions or problems by using a healthy diet. Nutrition also is involved in figuring out how certain diseases, or cancers may be caused by environmental factors, poor diet as with a people with malnutrition, and allergies to food. Nutrition is so important that major food manufactures employ scientists and nutritionists to help them educate and research. | 2. What is the connection between nutrition and health? | Nutrition and health are dependent on one another. Doctors will trace many emotional and physical problems to diet and lack of vitamins and minerals. Our primary source of energy is food with vitamins and supplements as substitutes. Everyone tries to have a well balanced diet to have a long health life, one that decreases the chance of acquiring...
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Health and Nutrition
...University of Phoenix Material Health and Nutrition Worksheet Use Ch. 1, 2, & 3 of Visualizing Nutrition, supplemental course materials, the University Library, the Internet, or other resources to answer the following questions. Your response to each question should be 75 to 100 words. |What is nutrition? Why is nutrition essential to our daily lives? | |Nutrition is substances and food that provide energy and structure to the body and regulate body processes. Nutrition is | |essential to our daily lives because it is necessary supplements provide by food for our ingestion, digestive system required by | |organisms and cells for the human body to stay alive. There are six classes of nutrients; carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, | |water, vitamins, and minerals play an important role in regulating the body process. | |What is the connection between nutrition and health? | |The connection between nutrition and health is that if the body is not receiving the proper nutrients then a person can | |jeopardize their health. Food is the primary source for health and nutrition, although vitamins and supplements act as | |substitutes. Nutrition gives fuel to the body that provides energy move the muscles. The vitamins and minerals used to help......
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...This essay will look at the physical and psychological needs of a three year old child. All children have needs and these needs will change over a child’s lifetime. The Oxford English Dictionary describes a “need” as something that is a requirement, “because it is essential or very important rather than just desirable” (OED, 1989, v. 1.). Both the physical and psychological development of a three year old child will be examined in order to determine what needs are required for this development to take place. Ways in which childcare settings can meet these varied needs will also be discussed. Finally examples will be given of what the consequences might be for a child whose basic developmental needs have not been met. A three year old child’s physical development encompasses quite a lot. From their growth i.e. their height and weight to their muscle development and gross and fine motor skills. At this stage of their development a child will start to learn about h/his own body and how s/he can control it. As his balance improves s/he will be able, through practice, to start to do things s/he had previously been unable to do. H/His independence is also growing and s/he will often want to do things without adult interference. S/He is beginning to explore h/his world at a much greater level than before. H/His natural curiosity can only flourish however so long as s/he remains within a safe and secure setting which is structured and predictable and has limits and......
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Health and Safety
...Health and Safety in the Health and Social Care Workplace Student: PETAGAY CONWAY Lecturer: CATHY MANDAZA Group: 50 Definition of health and safety management is planned work and actions to identify dangers in workplace so you can reduce incidents and dealings to situations and substances that is harmful. As well as training of workers in prevention of accidents, incident responses, readiness for emergency, and use of protecting equipment’s and clothing. (Business dictionary, 2014) My assignment will show an understanding safety legislation how it’s implemented, responsibility and priority in the health and social care industry; outline understanding how health and safety requirements impact on patients and practitioners in the health and social care settings, illustrate kinds of monitoring, reviewing , own contribution in health and safety in the healthcare work settings. 1.1Task facing director at North Staffordshire Combined NHS Trust is ensuring information on H&S is effectively communicated to employees, service users and visitors to premises. The director will therefore need to look at the schemes, legislation’s, policies and procedures currently in place for communicating information, review them to ensure they are working efficiently. (ALDWORTH.2010.pp .101.106) Legislations is a group of laws design to rule or control behaviour. Policy is a document explaining the expected standards of establishment’s, procedures instruct how to carry out a duty to......
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...Children's Safety News headlines about heinous criminal acts against children such as kidnapping, abuse, assault, murder and rape are more than just disturbing. They are shocking. It is right that we condemn these despicable acts. While our hearts go out to the aggrieved parents who may never see their children again, we must realize that we live in a time and age where it is no longer safe for children to roam about freely. Protecting children from harm and violence is not just the duty of parents and the authorities concerned. Society has to play its part as well. For starters, action needs to begin with parents and the family. Parents must be vigilant and know the whereabouts of their children all the time. They nee to watch out for their children especially when they are outside, be it in the playground or while shopping. Moreover, they need to chaperone their children constantly, even if the distance traveled is short. Leaving a child unsupervised and assuming that a child will ultimately return home safely is unwise. Parents should set boundaries about places that children may go, people they may see and things they may do. Children should also be taught to say 'no' to strangers offering lifts and gifts. The authorities, including the police, can ensure better protection for children by implementing several measures, for example increasing patrols in high-risk areas such as shopping malls and playgrounds. They can also carryout awareness campaigns on child......
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...Ashwagandha Human Biology and Nutrition April 12, 2015 What is Ashwagandha? Ashwagandha also known as Indian winter cherry. Ashwagandha is a shrub cultivated in India and North America whose roots have been used for thousands of years by Ayurvedic practitioners in many medicinal ways. The root contains flavonoids and many active ingredients. Ashwagandha is most well-known for its restorative benefits. In Sanskrit Ashwagandha means “the smell of a horse,” indicating that the herb imparts the vigor and strength of a stallion, and has traditionally been prescribed to help people strengthen their immune system after an illness. I have never personally seen ashwagandha but it belongs to the same family as the tomato. Ashwagandha is a small shrub with oval leaves and yellow flowers. It produces red fruit about the size of a raisin. The herb is native to the dry regions of India, northern Africa, and the Middle East, and today is also grown in more mild climates, including the United States.The root and leaf are the parts that are used because they contain the highest amount of steroidal compounds which include the lactones Withaferin A, and carbon-27-glycowithanolides, known best as Withanolides Ashwagandha has been used as an herbal remedy for hundreds of years. It has many applications, and has been used to treat inflammation, fevers, and to protect against infection or illness. It has also been used to boost the immune system and improve memory. Ashwagandha is believed...
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Nutrition in Health
...drawback to foods high in sugar is that they can give a child a "sugar high , however this short lived explosion of energy can often make a child very tired when it wears off, leading to calories that don't get burned off and end up being stored as fat. These amounts must be closely monitored due to the smaller portions of food that children at this age take in. One way to overcome this obstacle is by giving a child a daily multi-vitamin which would supply the child with the daily allowance of vitamins and minerals that are crucial for keeping a growing child healthy. In order to keep the child interesting in eating healthy, I would not have a set menu for the child to follow, rather I would keep things different to avoid boredom with eating. In order to help the child enjoy eating healthy, I would try to include as many good tasting foods in the child's diet as possible. For example, watermelon, turkey, skinless chicken, grapes, cantaloupe, cereal, eggs, and sweet corn are all types of food that can satisfy a child's sweet tooth, all the while providing generous portions of the proper ingredients essential to helping a child grow up to be a healthy adult. Although I believe positive reinforcement is an excellent way to promote good habits in children, I would be very wary of using this technique to promote good nutrition because this would cause the child to like the treat more and the healthy food less. Once the child was old enough to get food on his own, he would skip......
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Health and Safety
...Doors/window Glass doors and low windows must be fitted with safety glass or covered with safety film. This is to prevent any glass in the event of breaking does not shatter and harm the child. Windows should be fitted with safety catches if they may be accessible to children this to prevent the children from trapping their fingers but also so no stranger can gain access. Hot drinks/water Hot drinks/water used by children should have the temperature carefully controlled to prevent scalding. Hot drinks ideally should not be taken into areas where children could knock them over and be scalded. Passive smoking Passive smoking means breathing in other people's tobacco smoke, passive smoking is now recognised as a health risk and should not be allowed in areas used by children. Any staff or parents who smoke must smoke in a smoking zone. Kitchen safety Children should not be allowed in the kitchen during meal preparation times a safety barrier/gate should be used in the door way to the kitchen to prevent children gaining access. Boiling kettles, hot liquids and cleaning materials should be kept out of children’s reach. Cleaning materials, toiletries, medicines, etc .must be stored securely in the original containers fitted with child- proof lids. All cupboards should be fitted with child safety catches. Play equipment Damaged or broken equipment must be removed immediately for repair or disposal. Outdoor play equipment can be especially hazardous.......
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Child Health, Safety, and Nutrition
...Child Health, Safety and Nutrition CDCG 110 5-8-2012 What did I learn from this course? Health, safety and nutrition are three of the most important factors to consider when raising a child. In other words, every child should be raised with proper nutrition, good health and safety as possible, allowing him or her to grow with a great well-being. Something that I've learned about this class is that in today’s fast-paced world where the child’s safety and health issues are rapidly growing, more than fifty sites online present health and safety guidelines for the public to consider. These websites given to us has really opened up a door for me to look into my own life as well as my child's development. Another thing I've learned about this course is that the interrelationship between health, safety, and nutrition regarding children is very important. Understanding certain guidelines, and potential hazardous conditions can help prevent physical and emotional incidents. I never really thought all three of these subjects were all correlated, of course I thought they all meant something important but together they really do emphasize the importance of a child well-being as a whole. Through the projects and online discussions I've also found that even though we all talk about a different subject we all have a common goal and that is to further understand that health, safety and nutrition starts with the family and how it all can affect one's life as they get older. Some......
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...This assignment will discuss and critically analyse maternal welfare, observing the effects of alcohol on the growing fetus. Firstly, the issue will be to identify ways in which consumption of alcohol affects pre and postnatal conception. Barnes and Bradley (1990) assert consumption of alcohol during pregnancy may have serious consequences for the fetus. Furthermore, the importance of current health initiatives relating to fetal alcohol syndrome will be addressed, including preventable measures. In addition, throughout the assignment, one will abbreviate Fetal Alcohol Syndrome/Effects to FAS/E Barnes and Bradley (1990) emphasise alcohol travels through the blood stream to affect the sperm, egg and fetus. Professor Kaufman 1988 (in Barnes and Bradley 1991,p.98) suggests “no alcohol in the preconception preparation stage for both partners”, and during pregnancy for the women. Similarly, Stroebe (2000) stipulate women should not drink alcohol for the duration of pregnancy because of the risk of birth defects termed fetal alcohol syndrome. Moreover, Beattie 1981 (in Booth and Williams 1985, p75) highlight social and constant heavy drinking especially in the first trimester of pregnancy can damage the normal growth of the fetus. In support of this Zieman (2004) assert drinking during the first trimester is the most serious, and babies exposed to alcohol at this most crucial time often have small brains and physical problems, what's more these babies can develop severe......
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Health and Nutrition
...Childhood obesity is an epidemic in America. What is the relationship of poor nutrition and childhood obesity to disease? Based on the information in the Week Five NGS video, “Teen Obesity and Exercise,” what role does exercise play, if any, in combating childhood obesity? What is the role of government, if any, to prevent this epidemic? Provide a rationale for your answer. Poor nutrition may lead to medical problems in adulthood for children who suffer from obesity. Children that have a poor diet that consist of huge amounts of sugar saturated fat, and cholesterol, it might alter the method the way the body responds to the glucose that is existing in the bloodstream. In a healthy body, insulin is released into the blood to break down the sugar in the bloodstream. Due to a poor diet or obesity, the body may possibly stop reacting to the insulin, which in turn might produce type 2 diabetes. Consuming foods that are high in cholesterol and saturated fat may place a child at risk for high blood cholesterol, and high blood pressure both of which can cause heart disease later on in life. If a child consumes food that contains a great deal of bad cholesterol, or low-density lipoprotein, it might build up and harden in the arteries. Merging high blood pressure with high cholesterol can be a disastrous combination, since it intensifies the danger of a stroke and heart attack. Children who are overweight might have a bigger risk of dying at around age 55 or younger. Children that......
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Nutrition and Health
...Visualizing Contemporary Nutrition Melissa Morrison SCI/220 7/31/12 Dennis Messmer Visualizing Contemporary Nutrition The business of providing or obtaining nourishing food necessary for health and development is defined as nutrition. Many people feel the benefits of essential nutrition would be positive for our daily lives. As ageing begins, individual needs constantly change; therefore nutrition is essential in order to stay healthy and get needs met.”Nutrition includes the processes by which the human organism ingests, digests, absorbs, transports, and excretes food substances ” (Gordon M.Wardlaw,PH.D.,Anne M.Smith,PH.D.,R.D.,L.D, 2011, pp. 2-3). What is the connection between nutrition and health? Good health is primarily dependent upon good nutrition. The human body needs food as a good source for health and nutrition, although poor nutrition and an un-balanced diet can put a person at greater risks for diseases while cutting life span. Having knowledge about food, nutrition, and a healthy diet will offer understanding to make good choices on how to live healthier. Lifestyle is a major connection between nutrition and health. Certain aspects of lifestyles can affect genetics to the point of being genetically prone to things such as diabetes, hypertension, cancer, and even heart disease. A great rule of thumb to live by is,” The change begins within”. The Six Classes of Nutrients While engaging in daily functions, humans are motivated by energy made from...
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Health and Nutrition
...threatening diseases that come along with malnutrition and eating disorders. By providing a high quality diet and providing adequate daily exercise, preschoolers can balance their recommended calories intake and the energy they burn throughout the day. The nutritional goals that I would put in place for the children in my class are to: understand how food and health are related, understand portion controls and knowledge of foods that are beneficial to the body and food that are not. These goals are achievable by all students and families. It is imperative that children understand the ways that food and health are related. By eating complete healthy meals regularly, children are fueling their bodies, in order to perform day to day activities. When children are not eating balanced nutritious meal, they often feel cranky and tired. “Studies show [eating breakfast] helps kids perform better and get into less behavioral problems at school” (Haupt, 2011). Foods that have a high fat and sugar content cause children to become lethargic, cranky, and moody. This, in turn, hinders absorption of new materials and concepts. Poor nutrition hinders learning on a whole. “More that 60 percent of adults in the United States are overweight or obese, and there are twice as many overweight children and three times as many overweight teens as there were two decades ago” (Trends Effects Solutions, 2004). This is an alarming number and the situation does not look promising for future......
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Transcript of Health, Nutrition and Safety in the Early Childhood Classroo
In this presentation you will :
- Understand what health, nutrition and safety looks like in an early childhood classroom
-Learn strategies to support health, nutrition, and safety in an early childhood classroom
-Be provided resources that you can utilize to assist in planning and implementing effective health, nutrition and safety in the early childhood classroom
- Be given an example of an activity that can be sent home to establish family engagement
- See a possible obstacle and solution that may effective health, nutrition and safety in an early childhood classroom
Nutrition in the classroom
Nutrition is the "nutrients in food, such as vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates, protein, and fat, the amount of intake, and the processes by which a person takes in food. Good nutrition is needed for good health and physical development, including the growth of bones, organs, muscles, and the brain."(Groark & Song 2012).
In the classroom, it is important that our facility offers nutritious, culturally-appropriate meals and/or snacks that meet children’s needs, even special dietary needs.
Providing a healthy classroom may seem like an overwhelming task but do not fret. There are many resources right at your fingertips.
The website http://www. kids.usa.gov provides a list of health related lesson plans. This is a great way to get actual plans and inspiration to create your own plans.
Another great website is http://www.nyc.gov/html/doh/html/living/childcare.shtml. This site will keep you up to date on health regulations in our state of New York.
The purpose of this presentation is to improve effective health, nutrition and safety practices in our early childhood education center in order to receive accreditation through the National Association for the Education of Young Children . According to the text Health and Nutrition of Children, “early care and education professionals are in a prime position to impact the cognitive and social development of young children, shape their nutritional habits, increase their levels of physical activity, and optimize their academic and social success.” (Groark & Song 2012). It is our responsibility as educators to provide children with a safe, healthy and positive environment to learn and grow in.
Health in the classroom
According to the World Health Organization, health is defined as "a state of complete physical, oral, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity " (1948). In an early childhood classroom health can be seen in many activities that are part of a daily routine. For example, our facility has "policies regarding consistent hand washing, daily cleaning and sanitation of surfaces, written procedures for illness of students and staff, and safety in food preparation and storage." (NAEYC 2014).
Another way that we insure the health of our facility is through our requirement that all students be immunized. The NAEYC states that the goal of an early childhood education program should "promote the health and wellness of children and protect children and staff from illness and injury" (2014). Preschoolers learn many healthy behaviors from observing adults so remember to be a positive role model!
Healthy Family Activity
According to the website www.letsmove.gov/active-families, children " who feel supported by friends and families to become active, or surrounded by others interested in physical activity, are more likely to participate" (2014). This is why family involvement is crucial to a child's healthy lifestyle. A way to encourage family involvement is to send home activities that families can participate in together.For example, send home a paper that has columns for biking, walking, dancing and playing. Encourage each family to participate in one of the activities for at least 15 minutes each day for two weeks. Have them write down who participated in which activity and for how long. At the end of the two weeks present a certificate of completion to the families that participated. A family that is physically active together will have lots of fun!
Strategies to support health in the classroom
One way to support health in the early childhood classroom is to create lesson plans on positive health topics. For example, reading a book such as Just Going to the Dentist by Mercer Mayer and bring in "props" to act out going to the dentist.
Another way to support health in the classroom is to be an excited and passionate role model. When it is time to wash hands in the classroom, as an educator, be excited! Sing the prcedure for proper hand washing. If you are excited then children will be too!
Health Obstacles to Overcome
One of the major obstacles in promoting health in the early childhood classroom is lack of knowledge. Many teachers may not be given the opportunity to utilize professional development in the field of health. According to Applied Developmental Science, "caregivers with more formal education in early childhood tend to provide higher quality child care." (Burchinal, Cryer, Clifford, & Howes 2002).
The best way to overcome lack of knowledge is to become knowledgeable. Sign up and participate in continuing education classes. The NAEYC has many resources for continuing education. NAEYC states, "educators need to participate in ongoing continuing education to stay current. Professional development leads to improvements in the knowledge, skills, practices, and dispositions of early childhood professionals.” (2014)
Health, Nutrition and Safety in the Early Childhood Classroom
ECE 214- Nutrition & Health of Children & Families
Professsor Hun Kaplowitz
September 7, 2014
Strategies to support nutrition in the classroom
One strategy to use to promote nutrition in the early childhood classroom is to teach children what a healthy plate looks like. Allowing children to try healthy foods will encourage them to make healthy choices. The Journal of Health Education states that the"greater availability and accessibility of healthy foods would lead to more consumption." (1998).
Providing children with an opportunity to grow their own healthy food is another way to support nutrion in the class. Try growing a small edble garden in the classroom.
Remember that preschoolers learn many healthy behaviors from observing adults so remember to be a positive role model!
Resources on Nutrition
One of the best resources on nutrition for kids is the website http://www.choosemyplate.gov/kids/ParentsEducators.html. This site provides educators with "“trustworthy information and find “teachable moments” that will impact children’s choices at home and at school.” (2014).
The website http://www.choosemyplate.gov/preschoolers/daily-food-plans.html provides a food plan for preschoolers.
Family Activity on Nutrition
A great way to ensure that children understand the importance of making healthy and nutritious choices is to get families involved.
One activity to suggest to famlilies is to Be Brave. The Be Brave activity is to allow the child to pick one new fruit, vegetable or other healthyfood at the super market. When the family brings the new food home allow the child to help properly prepare the new food. Always remeber to have the child wash their hands before handling food. Be Brave and have the whole family try the new food. "Children’s eating behaviors, food preferences, and willingness to try new foods are
influenced by the people around them." (NAEYC 2014). If families are willing to try new foods then the children in the family will too!
One obstacle that teachers may face in teaching nutrition to preschoolers is support. Teachers need to have a support system in order to create a healthy classroom environment.
The solution to this obstacle is to establish a support system by using resources found online, have nutrition based school materials such as posters, create lesson plans that involve healthy eating, encourage families to be involved by providing take home resources. By reaching out to families, you can create a support system.
Another important way to create a support system is to involve the early childhood center. According to Journal of school psychology "School-wide positive behavior support (PBS) is a broad set of research-validated strategies designed to create school environments that promote and support appropriate behavior of all students." (2009)
Safety in the classroom
Safety in the classroom is "creating and maintaining safe environments that engage children and support their healthy development" (Head Start 2014). Creating a safe environment includes but is not limited to proper hand washing, smoke detectors, safety gates, knobs and cabinets, proper placement of medicines and chemicals,outlet and heater covers, enough space that is clean and comfortable, toys, furniture and equipment that is age appropriate, clean and in proper workig condition, more than one fire exit, and all children should be seen and supervised at all times.
One strategy to support safety in the classroom is to "model safety practices and give step-by-step explanations of what and why the practices are necessary." (Head Start 2014). By stating and explaining safety procedures, preschoolers will understand what to do and why to do it. Remember that preschoolers learn by observing so be a positive role model! Remember to always be safe.
Another strategy to encourage safety is to provide children with age appropriate safety toys. For example,set belts for doll strollers or traffic signs for matchbox cars.
After teaching children about safety it is important to prctice safety. Plan regular safety drills.
Safety is an important topic for preschoolers to understand. There are many resources to assist in teaching safety.
The website http://playgroundsafety.org/ provides training and services to create a safea developmentally appropriate play environment for children.
The website http://www.scholastic.com/firesafety provides resources, tools and strategies teachers can use to teach fire safety.
Family activity on safety
Safety does not end at school. It is important to include families in keeping children safe at home. One way to include families is to send home an activity. On the website http://www.usfa.fema.gov/.../fa-295-press.pdf, there is an activity book that should be sent home for families to complete. The activity book includes a plan for a fire drill, item search, and a plan for families to install and check smoke detectors.
Teachers will experience obstacles to creating a safe classroom. Because preschoolers tends to use toys and other objects inappropriately, it can turn a safe classroom into a potentially dangerous one. The best way to overcome this challenge is to teach and monitor how children play. Sometimes children need reminders on the proper way to use toys.
Preschoolers learn through observing. It is extremely important that we as educators and adults remember to be a positive role model to children, involve children in healthy and safe activities and provide children with gentle reminders for safe and healthy behaviors. A great phrase to remind children of healthy behaviors is to Be Safe, Be Polite and Do What's Right!
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